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Sexual Assault

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Reopen Dallas Stoller’s Case

MESSAGE FROM BRETTE: Hi, my name is Brette Tabatabai. My sister Karlee and I would like to share a little information on what our family is currently dealing with. In October 2018 our sister, Dallas Stoller, was sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, in November 14th, 2021 we lost our sweet sister. Dallas was a shining star with a smile that could light up, not only the room, but the world. Even after extensive bullying, shaming, and doubt from others she continued to live her life with love for everyone.  On April 6th, 2022 we learned that the Solicitor handling Dallas’s case planned to dismiss on the merit that she is no longer with us & cannot testify that it was non-consensual. This is particularly frustrating because there is a significant amount of evidence and a sworn statement. The purpose of this petition is to urge Solicitor Bill Weeks to reopen Dallas’s case and take it to grand jury. In addition to your signature, we kindly request everyone express their concerns, personally, by contacting the 2nd Circuit Solicitor’s office. Contact information & a sample script are provided below for your convenience. For more information on Dallas’s case visit justicefordallas.wordpress.com. Thank You! Solicitor Bill WeeksSecond Circuit Solicitor803-642-1557   Sample Script: “Hello. My name is ———.  I am calling in regard to Dallas Stoller’s case.  I wish to express my concern with your office’s handling of this matter. Every victim deserves a shot at justice & that was robbed from Dallas. We encourage you to do the right thing and reopen Dallas Stoller’s case. Please allow the grand jury the opportunity to hear the evidence.”

Alyson Brown
17,167 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ian Saltzman

Enforce Sexual Assault Discipline in Everett Public Schools

On December 3rd in Mill Creek WA, students at Henry M. Jackson High School organized a peaceful protest in support of Alex Su; a student at Newport High School in Bellevue. She was physically and emotionally abused by her ex-partner. When she went to her high school's administration to remove him from her classes and hold him accountable for his actions, they told her they could not do anything about her case as the abuse happened out of school. The JHS protest was held from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and students were able to speak on their own abuse/assault stories. Many of the stories students spoke about included the fact that when they reached out to Everett Public School's staff about their incidents, they were victim-blamed, disregarded, and in the end, their abusers were not held accountable. We as students enrolled in the Everett Public Schools district would like to change this. While some students at the protest chose to speak in person about their stories and comments, others used an anonymous online form to speak out. Below are a few responses that students shared. Anonymous - I reported that a group of kids sexually assaulted me for a couple of months in school and out of it and the school told me they can't do anything about it, and I have classes with them this year. Anonymous - At Mill Creek Elementary School, I was repeatedly touched by a peer, and when I told the school their response was to sit me and him together alone for the rest of the year and they blamed it on his ADHD. Alexandra Rimmele - My name is Alexandra Rimmele. Unfortunately, I couldn’t be here today. But, I am a survivor of sexual assault. When it happened I was afraid to talk about it and speak out. I went to one teacher who I will not name and I was blamed, I was told that it was my fault, I shouldn’t have worn what I did, and that I should have been more clear when I said no. Because of the fact I was invalidated in this one incident, I never spoke up because I was afraid that I would be invalidated again. I no longer felt safe at the school or on the bus. These things happen at school and away from the school. It happens to people our age. It’s not okay to blame us for what happened, it’s not okay that the adults we are supposed to trust prove time and time again that we can’t trust them. We are supposed to be able to go to administrators and be able to tell them what happened to us and they listen. They’re supposed to help us. But yet again with Alex Su and her situation, we are ignored. This isn’t okay and it never will be. When we as students come to you, adults and admin, for support and help, you are supposed to listen and help not suspend us for speaking up against your inaction. Anonymous - I was sexually harassed in front of a security guard and they just laughed, I told the admin about being sexually assaulted in one of the bathrooms and they told me not to tell anyone else because they could lose their job if I did. They don’t care about any of the kids, they shouldn’t have that job. Parker Hyatt - I have a friend who was raped by her friend. When she told the school did nothing about it, which is kind of f***ed. We’re kids. I think this should be taken more seriously because this is something that happens to a lot of people unsuspectingly. Whether you think you’re safe or not, this is something that should be taken more seriously by schools all around the world. It’s insane to me how a lot of the time the victim is in trouble for speaking out rather than the abuser themself. This needs to be stopped now. (Disclaimer: This story is not affiliated with EPS specifically) Anonymous - I was sexually assaulted from 6th to 8th grade by a fellow student and when the staff found out they did nothing but make us sign a no-contact form. Anonymous - I don’t have a personal experience to share but I commemorate everyone for coming out and being brave enough to share their experiences. I would like to say that the staff should take this day as a calling to make changes to their support systems. Have better response groups and measures. Train the admin for appropriate reactions and responses. Please make a change. The 3300P Student Discipline Matrix strictly states that when sexual assault takes place, the assailant will potentially receive the following interventions: - Classroom Exclusion - ISS - ST - LT (No K-4) - Expulsion (No K-4) - Title IX Coordinator referral Comparing these with the stories shared above, they do not match up with each other. EPS staff needs to have the proper resources and knowledge to deal with situations like these. The 3300P Student Discipline Matrix has a well-planned set of interventions, but it clearly has not been used accordingly. ------OUR DEMANDS------ We demand mandatory, trauma-informed training for Everett School District teachers, administration, and counselors on how to appropriately react and respond to reports of sexual assault. We demand counselors to be thoroughly trained and specialized in the field of sexual assault and assault available for all students.  We demand complete transparency from staff when students report their experience of assault, as well as commitment to follow up with the students about the actions that they plan to take and have taken. We demand education for students on domestic violence, assault, sexual assault, and consent, and how to report instances of abuse. We demand improved and inclusive sexual education and consent education in all of our health classes. We demand improvement in the system. Although this petition JHS related, this change needs to be district-wide, as Henry M. Jackson High School is not the only school in the district with sexual assault issues.

Isaac Richter
1,673 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Stephanie Chang, Jason Wentworth, Aric Nesbitt, Donna Lasinski, Yousef Rabhi, Mike Shirkey, Graham Filler, David LaGrand, Curt VanderWall

Reform Michigan's Child Sexual Abuse Laws

As a survivor of child sexual abuse, I am calling upon the Michigan Legislature to reform child sexual abuse laws, including reintroducing legislation that eliminates the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse (given that all are entitled to justice and recognizing the amount of time it takes many survivors of CSA to come forward), or, at the very least substantially extends them. The survivors of child sexual abuse deserve a window to justice. The Michigan Legislature must take a stand against lobbyists that have thwarted previous attempts to hold perpetrators accountable. The people of Michigan and the survivors of child sexual abuse have had enough of this egregious pandering to institutions that have covered up decades of child sexual abuse within their state. The 100th Michigan Legislature needs to call for a coalition of experts to once again reexamine this issue. The disgraceful ad hominem attacks on experts such as Prof. Marci A. Hamilton must end. With this petition, I am calling for a sincere fact-finding investigation by the Michigan Legislature on how to best proceed with statue of limitation reform on child sexual abuse. The crushing burden of child sexual abuse needs to be shifted from the survivors to the offenders. Lobbyists have exaggerated some statute of limitations reform economic impacts that pale in comparison to the overall impact of child sexual abuse in the United States. An honest study of these impacts will reveal that the facts are on the side of the survivors and not the powerful institutions that seek to protect these criminals and their profits. A window to justice is only one important step towards reforming Michigan’s child sexual abuse laws. Another important step forward is for the State of Michigan to consider screening for adverse childhood experiences. California has taken a bold step towards screening for adverse childhood experiences. The CDC has identified multiple damaging impacts that adverse childhood experiences can create and Michigan needs to act in a comprehensive way to address this issue. With this petition, I am calling for the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to study screening for adverse childhood experiences. The Michigan Senate Health Policy and Human Services Committee and the Michigan House Health Policy Committee can and should hold hearings on addressing the problem of adverse childhood experiences. Update: Michigan HCR2 A concurrent resolution to declare Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) a critical health issue, commit the Legislature to action, and encourage the Governor to direct agencies to assess and report progress on reducing ACEs. https://trackbill.com/bill/michigan-house-concurrent-resolution-2-a-concurrent-resolution-to-declare-adverse-childhood-experiences-aces-a-critical-health-issue-commit-the-legislature-to-action-and-encourage-the-governor-to-direct-agencies-to-assess-and-report-progress-on-reducing-aces/1704074/ The courts and the legislature must consider the impact court revictimization can have on survivors. Closed-circuit television (CCTV) testimony is a possible victim-centered solution to this problem. Survivors of sexual abuse currently endure excruciating trauma by having to confront their abusers in court, the argument that CCTV testimony violates a defendant’s right to confrontation has been debunked. CCTV testimony for child and adult survivors is an effective way to solve this problem. Studies currently show that CCTV testimony has no impact on jury deliberation. Michigan’s sexual abuse laws must be informed by traumatology and avoid causing further injury to the survivors. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services currently has specific guidance for law enforcement responses to sexual assault. With this petition, I am calling for the MDHHS to create a Model Policy that addresses child sexual abuse exclusively. The problems that law enforcement face with conducting child sexual assault investigations are unique and should be appropriately addressed. Additionally, I am calling for the 100th Michigan Legislature, MDHHS, and the Michigan Department of Attorney General to address gaps and cohesion issues with child advocacy centers (CACs), increase funding and coverage of CACs, and create a Michigan Department of Attorney General Child Abuse Task Force that consists of multidisciplinary teams to address the systemic and widespread problem of child sexual abuse.With this petition, I am calling for the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS), the Michigan Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, and the Michigan House of Representatives Insurance Committee to create mandates that require insurance carriers to cover negligent child sexual abuse, this will create much needed deterrence to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse within youth-serving organizations. In addition to this bold step, DIFS and the legislative insurance committees can and should require insurance carriers to conduct prerequisite annual child protection audits of youth-serving organizations with stiff penalties including coverage termination. The 100th Michigan Legislature has the opportunity to be on the right side of history and stand with the survivors of child sexual abuse. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already voiced her support for these reforms, the legislature needs to follow suit to help victims of child sexual abuse. Please take action NOW!New CDC Data Underscores Need to Address Adverse Childhood Experienceshttps://www.madinamerica.com/2019/11/new-cdc-data-shows-need-address-adverse-childhood-experiences/Forming a Multidisciplinary Team To Investigate Child Abusehttps://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/170020.pdfOne year's losses for child sexual abuse in US top $9 billion, new study suggestshttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180521131552.htmThe economic burden of child sexual abuse in the United States.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29533869CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE STATISTICShttp://www.d2l.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/all_statistics_20150619.pdfThe Estimated Annual Cost of Child Abuse and Neglecthttps://preventchildabuse.org/resource/the-estimated-annual-cost-of-child-abuse-and-neglect/The Impact of Child Sexual Abusehttps://www.d2l.org/the-issue/impact/Clergy Sex Abuse Survivors Face Lifelong Financial Burdenshttps://www.npr.org/2018/09/03/643702633/clergy-sex-abuse-survivors-face-lifelong-financial-burdensThe Catholic Church and Boy Scouts are lobbying against child abuse statutes. This is their playbookhttps://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/investigations/2019/10/02/catholic-church-boy-scouts-fight-child-sex-abuse-statutes/2345778001/CHURCH INFLUENCING STATE:How the Catholic Church Spent Millions AgainstSurvivors of Clergy Abusehttps://www.williamscedar.com/files/2019/06/ChurchInfluencingStateCatholic.pdfFor many abused by priests, no window for justicehttps://www.woodtv.com/news/target-8/for-many-abused-by-priests-no-window-for-justice/Child Sex Abuse Statistics for Statute of Limitationshttps://www.childusa.org/solImpact of Child Abuse & Neglecthttps://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/can/impact/Detroit Archdiocese transfers assets; critics say it's a shell gamehttps://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2018/12/14/detroit-archdiocese-transferring-assets/2302809002/As the Archdiocese of Detroit awaits its judgment day, it plays hide-and-seek with its money — including a Cayman Islands venturehttps://www.metrotimes.com/detroit/as-the-archdiocese-of-detroit-awaits-its-judgment-day-it-plays-hide-and-seek-with-its-money-including-a-venture-in-the-cayman-islands/Content?oid=22444383

Stephen Flores
1,611 supporters